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Conspicuous Silences: Implicature and Fictionality in the Victorian Novel

Ruth Rosaler

Abstract

How are a reader’s perceptions of a plot impacted by its presentation as textual clues as opposed to explicit narration, and why would an author choose this comparatively indirect mode of narration? Conspicuous Silences answers these questions by examining central, sustained emphases on implicature within the Victorian novel. ‘Implicature’ denotes a communicative strategy in which a reader infers the primary meaning of an utterance from that utterance’s relationship to its context, rather than its explicitly presented information. While all communications rely on implicature to an extent, the ... More

Keywords: fictionality, gaps, implicature, literary pragmatics, narrative theory, novel, omniscience, pragmatics, stylistics, Victorian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769743.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Rosaler, author